JAMES CLINGMAN

JAMES CLINGMAN

(NNPA)–Since our political discussions are now X-rated, so much so that we must ask children to leave the room before we watch the news, the speeches, and the debates, it’s time to add another unmentionable to the X-rated list:  Social Security. Silly me, that pales in comparison to what’s really important, doesn’t it?

Hillary’s emails, Bill and Donald’s dalliances and sexual conquests are obviously far more critical (and titillating) than a small issue like our disabled and elderly being able to live out their lives without having to worry about silly things like eating, breathing, and paying for life-saving medicines and treatments.

Yes, the cost of living is increasing every day, but cost of living allowances for those on Social Security are non-existent or ridiculously and embarrassingly low. The latest COLA “increases” for those most in need were cited in an article on CNN Money:

“Checks for 66 million beneficiaries will rise between 0.2 percent to 0.5 percent in 2017. That works out to between $2.61 and $6.53 a month more for the typical retiree, according to the American Institute for Economic Research, a nonpartisan think tank.”

Say what?!

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